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Lucasfilm president on whether Rogue One will have an opening crawl or not

06.28.2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Felicity Jones

When the first STAR WARS spin-off hits theaters later this year, there's a question of whether it will include the iconic opening crawl which has opened the previous seven STAR WARS films. Seeing "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away" appear on the screen followed by an eruption of John Williams' fantastic fanfare announcing a sea of yellow text immediately gets you in the STAR WARS mood, but if Disney is hoping to keep these spin-off's separate from the main saga, we may be in for something different. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy spoke with Entertainment Weekly during their ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY coverage to say that they're still trying to figure if the crawl will open the film or not.

We talk about that all the time. It’s something that we’re right in the midst of discussing even now, so I don’t want to say definitively what we’re doing. The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films. So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.

While movie buffs have no problem realizing that ROGUE ONE is a spin-off, the general public may wonder why the film isn't following up on the adventures of staring contest champion Luke Skywalker. Ditching the opening crawl for something else may be a way to immediately clue those folks in that they're in for something different and to keep these stand-alone films separate. There's still several months until ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hit theaters on December 16, 2016, which leaves Lucasfilm ample time to figure it out.

Sound off below, should ROGUE ONE include a text crawl or something different?

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7:03PM on 06/30/2016

hmmm...

the ONLY reason the crawl lives spefically within a SAGA movie is because there has never been a stand along... oh wait there was two Ewok adventure TV movies and a TV show wasn't there?
keep the Crawl or find a unique way of telling the back stories without it.... but it had better be consistent with the other stand alone STAR WARS flicks that are coming up....
the ONLY reason the crawl lives spefically within a SAGA movie is because there has never been a stand along... oh wait there was two Ewok adventure TV movies and a TV show wasn't there?
keep the Crawl or find a unique way of telling the back stories without it.... but it had better be consistent with the other stand alone STAR WARS flicks that are coming up....
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4:19PM on 07/01/2016
couldnt have said it better myself...BUt I'm an advocate of the crawl....Needs to stay.
couldnt have said it better myself...BUt I'm an advocate of the crawl....Needs to stay.
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3:19PM on 06/30/2016

Keep

The Crawl.
The Crawl.
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7:39PM on 06/29/2016

PLEASE skip the crawl

I'm not even a fan of it in the numbered movies, but at least they have the excuse of tradition to justify a lame method of delivering backstory. I get it, it's an homage to schlocky 50s serials, but do you really want to handcuff every story to this dumb thing?
I'm not even a fan of it in the numbered movies, but at least they have the excuse of tradition to justify a lame method of delivering backstory. I get it, it's an homage to schlocky 50s serials, but do you really want to handcuff every story to this dumb thing?
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1:35PM on 06/29/2016

Lose the Crawl

I'm not sure you have to be a movie buff to get that this is a spin-off, it's not that complicated.

Given the amount of spin-offs, etc., keep it for the main episodes. The movie will be fine without it.
I'm not sure you have to be a movie buff to get that this is a spin-off, it's not that complicated.

Given the amount of spin-offs, etc., keep it for the main episodes. The movie will be fine without it.
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12:38PM on 06/29/2016

Keep the CRAWL

How will we know its Star Wars and how will idiots know this isn't a sequel but a prequel? A lot of useful exposition resides in those crawls for nonfans of the series. I would rather have the crawl spend 2 minutes explaining things instead of 20 minutes of horrible dialogue or a single exposition machine of a character ruining the film.
How will we know its Star Wars and how will idiots know this isn't a sequel but a prequel? A lot of useful exposition resides in those crawls for nonfans of the series. I would rather have the crawl spend 2 minutes explaining things instead of 20 minutes of horrible dialogue or a single exposition machine of a character ruining the film.
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9:10AM on 06/29/2016

Keep the crawl

It is one of those distinctive elements that is so essential to the STAR WARS saga. But I'd like to hear a different theme, one possibly based around the Imperial March. It would show just how badly the Rebel Alliance is in trouble in their fight against the Empire.
It is one of those distinctive elements that is so essential to the STAR WARS saga. But I'd like to hear a different theme, one possibly based around the Imperial March. It would show just how badly the Rebel Alliance is in trouble in their fight against the Empire.
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8:36AM on 06/29/2016
Tough call, really. I think I err on the side of keeping the crawl because it's very much part pf the feel of a Star Wars movie and as each spin-off movie will be set in different periods and be its own thing, some degree of explanatory scene-setting will be necessary.
On the other hand it's kind of a clunky device that more modern-thinking directors might not feel suits the movie they're making, even though they clearly signed on to make a Star Wars movie and everything that entails.
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Tough call, really. I think I err on the side of keeping the crawl because it's very much part pf the feel of a Star Wars movie and as each spin-off movie will be set in different periods and be its own thing, some degree of explanatory scene-setting will be necessary.
On the other hand it's kind of a clunky device that more modern-thinking directors might not feel suits the movie they're making, even though they clearly signed on to make a Star Wars movie and everything that entails.
Mostly I think keep the crawl, but I'd totally understand if they decided to ditch it for these spin-offs.
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5:32AM on 06/29/2016

It BETTER have a crawl...

There is nothing, NOTHING, like the opening of a Star Wars movie the first time you see it in the theater. When the lights dim and the screen goes dark and "A Long Time Ago..." pops up and the audio drops out and WHAM it hits you square in the mouth with the words "STAR WARS," running away from you and bringing the crawl behind it. The John Williams theme kicks into high gear and you study every word, every person, place or thing mentioned in the crawl and try to make sense of what you're about
There is nothing, NOTHING, like the opening of a Star Wars movie the first time you see it in the theater. When the lights dim and the screen goes dark and "A Long Time Ago..." pops up and the audio drops out and WHAM it hits you square in the mouth with the words "STAR WARS," running away from you and bringing the crawl behind it. The John Williams theme kicks into high gear and you study every word, every person, place or thing mentioned in the crawl and try to make sense of what you're about to jump in to and pick out what you think you need to remember as the journey begins...it's theatrical spectacle at its absolute finest. It rattles you. It energizes the crowd. It changes the game. It doesn't matter if you just saw your 1st or 7th Star Wars movie, you remember what the title sequence did to you. Even if you aren't a fan, you feel something. If you take the crawl away, you may as well take spaceships, aliens and robots away too...because it isn't a Star Wars movie without it.
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4:01AM on 06/29/2016

I vote no

No crawl - save those for main episode films . I'd rather see the one shots stand out as unique entries, and forgoing the opening crawl would set a perfect tone
No crawl - save those for main episode films . I'd rather see the one shots stand out as unique entries, and forgoing the opening crawl would set a perfect tone
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1:29AM on 06/29/2016

Go somewhere between the "Saga" and "Clone Wars" crawl.

They shouldn't do the crawl EXACTLY like the saga films, but some iteration of it. Clone Wars NAILED this idea, they kept it a simple title, with a reminiscent theme, without treading on the exact style of the movies.
They shouldn't do the crawl EXACTLY like the saga films, but some iteration of it. Clone Wars NAILED this idea, they kept it a simple title, with a reminiscent theme, without treading on the exact style of the movies.
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11:57PM on 06/28/2016
It should most definitely include the crawl. Just because it's a spinoff, doesn't mean they need to forgo it. Everyone and their grandmother is pretty familiar with this franchise, so I don't think they need to worry about people who are unfamiliar.
It should most definitely include the crawl. Just because it's a spinoff, doesn't mean they need to forgo it. Everyone and their grandmother is pretty familiar with this franchise, so I don't think they need to worry about people who are unfamiliar.
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11:26PM on 06/28/2016
It wouldn't be Star Wars movie or Star Wars spin-off movie without the opening crawl. It'd feel weird.
It wouldn't be Star Wars movie or Star Wars spin-off movie without the opening crawl. It'd feel weird.
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11:11PM on 06/28/2016
Something new is the right call.
Something new is the right call.
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9:56PM on 06/28/2016
The opening crawl is to Star Wars what the gun barrel opening is to a Bond film. You might not need it, but it would still feel wrong to not have it.
The opening crawl is to Star Wars what the gun barrel opening is to a Bond film. You might not need it, but it would still feel wrong to not have it.
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